by Marshall, August 13, 2007 1:10 PM
- Adults Love Vampires, Too: Brockman made case that kids love vampires on Friday... well don'tcha know that adults do, too? PEN/Hemingway award winner Justin Cronin is working on a post-apocalyptic trilogy centered around our blood-sucking friends and just got paid $3.75 million to write beyond the first 400 pages he won the deal on! Now before you start researching and pre-ordering, word is he's writing under the pseudonym Jordan Ainsley. And if that weren't enough to clean the blood out of your shirt collars, Ridley Scott just bucked up another $1.75 million to procure the movie rights. Rock on, children of the night!
- Watch This Space: I guess it was inevitable. O. J. Simpson's "fictional" account of the murder of his ex-wife and her friend, If I Did It, was back on the auction block last week, and tomorrow agent Sharlene Martin will announce she has found a publisher for the repackaged manuscript. Somewhere Judith Regan is drinking a Bloody Mary and laughing while crying at the same time.
- Jobdango?: Apparently we suck. Publishers Weekly has stated for the millionth time that bookstore sales are down and that we are not catching the "retail wave." I vote we start selling tube socks. In bulk.
- In Totally Unrelated Fun News: Ain't It Cool News reports on the gross phenomenon of Saturday morning cartoons turned big budget action movies ala Transformers. However, reporter Nordling read the script of the Wachowski Brothers' adaptation of Speed Racer and declares that it defies all expectations.
I guess this is where I tell you that the script of the Wachowski Brothers' Speed Racer is indicative of what I just described, but you'd be wrong. Simply put, for the most part, Speed Racer kicks unholy ass. In this draft I've read, there's some mistakes that cut the flow of the action sequences, and it's too long, but what they got right, they got spectacularly right.I'll bring the popcorn and smuggled beer.